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Meghalaya to introduce new Lokayukta Bill

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SHILLONG, Dec 11 � Meghalaya Cabinet today indicated that a new Lokayukta Bill would be introduced in the ongoing Winter session of the Assembly, repealing the earlier Act.

The Chief Minister to the bottom-rung official would be within the purview of the proposed new Bill.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said after a hurriedly convened Cabinet meeting, that the Cabinet went through the draft legislation on Lokayukta, but found it wanting in certain aspects and therefore needed to be fine tuned.

�The draft Bill is being fine tuned as some of the points needs clarity and would be brought to the Cabinet on Thursday. It can be then introduced in the current session of the Assembly,� Sangma briefed the media.

He added that the Government is serious in tackling the issue of corruption in the State and therefore trying to bring in the new legislation by doing away with the earlier Act on Lokayukta, 2002. �However, we want an effective law to fight corruption and so we are minutely studying all the details of the new draft Bill,� he added.

To a specific question, Sangma said that the Chief Minster�s office, all the legislators and officials from top to bottom would come under the purview of the new Lokayukta once it becomes an Act.

�The new Bill would cover everyone, including the Chief Minister�s office,� Sangma said.

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Meghalaya to introduce new Lokayukta Bill

SHILLONG, Dec 11 � Meghalaya Cabinet today indicated that a new Lokayukta Bill would be introduced in the ongoing Winter session of the Assembly, repealing the earlier Act.

The Chief Minister to the bottom-rung official would be within the purview of the proposed new Bill.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said after a hurriedly convened Cabinet meeting, that the Cabinet went through the draft legislation on Lokayukta, but found it wanting in certain aspects and therefore needed to be fine tuned.

�The draft Bill is being fine tuned as some of the points needs clarity and would be brought to the Cabinet on Thursday. It can be then introduced in the current session of the Assembly,� Sangma briefed the media.

He added that the Government is serious in tackling the issue of corruption in the State and therefore trying to bring in the new legislation by doing away with the earlier Act on Lokayukta, 2002. �However, we want an effective law to fight corruption and so we are minutely studying all the details of the new draft Bill,� he added.

To a specific question, Sangma said that the Chief Minster�s office, all the legislators and officials from top to bottom would come under the purview of the new Lokayukta once it becomes an Act.

�The new Bill would cover everyone, including the Chief Minister�s office,� Sangma said.

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